Handmade Holidays is right around the corner but we have an early gift for you today! Sara Lawson from Sew Sweetness has a new book coming out on November 5th. Big-City Bags includes 12 all-new bags, comprehensive information on bag interfacing and bag-making techniques and much more.

To celebrate the book’s release Sara created an all-new, free pattern for the Kennedy Bag. The Kennedy Bag PDF pattern includes 20 pages of quality instruction. (And did you catch that it’s free, for you?!) It’s a structured bag with lots of special details; the pattern gives you a great idea about Sara’s talent as a designer, and her skill in showing you step-by-step how to sew your bag with fabulous results.

Sara was just here on the blog with her wonderful iron reviews, and she’ll be back in November with a big contest! The prizes are amazing and you can probably guess what we’ll be sewing?!– BAGS! Check back later today for a follow-up post sharing Sara’s pattern testers’ beautiful versions of the Kennedy Bag. Don’t miss Big-City Bags for 12 more gorgeous bags!
My name is Sara Lawson from Sew Sweetness, and I’m excited to be on Sew Mama Sew today to introduce you to my free pattern for the Kennedy Bag.

My new book, Big-City Bags, is out in just a few days on November 5th and as you might be able to tell, I just love bags. I design bag sewing patterns for my pattern shop. The Kennedy Bag is actually my first free sewing pattern this year, so I hope you like it!

Introducing the Kennedy Bag! I used Josephine Kimberling fabric to make my bag, and a lush green solid for the strap and accents on the bag. I always use Aurifil Thread (50wt) thread when making my bags, as the thread sews up clean and strong.

This is a PDF sewing pattern that features 20 pages of instructions, along with 36 full-color step-by-step photos. I rate this as an intermediate sewing pattern due to the purse hardware and accent detailing.

This structured bag has lots of pretty detailing. It’s large enough to carry all of your essentials as well. Make it in a great patchwork, or stick to a single fabric!

Finished Size:
14” long x 11” tall x 5” deep


  • Kennedy Bag PDF Pattern
  • 3/4 yard of exterior fabric
  • 1 yard of lining fabric
  • 1/2 yard of accent fabric for the accents, straps, etc.
  • 2-1/2 yards of 20” wide Pellon® SF-101 Shape Flex® fusible woven interfacing (or light-weight fusible interfacing)
  • 1/2 yard of By Annie’s Soft and Stable™, available at local quilt shops or on-line (Soft and Stable is a 1/8” thick, foam sew-in interfacing; one of my testers also recommends automotive headliner fabric in place of the Soft and Stable; you can also substitute a needled fleece fusible interfacing for the Soft and Stable, such as Pellon #TP971F Thermolam Plus fusible interfacing; Decovil can also be used)
  • 11” or 12” zipper
  • 1/2” magnetic snap
  • Two 1-1/2” metal d-rings (opening should be able to accommodate a 1” strap)
  • Two 1-1/2” metal swivel clips (opening should be able to accommodate a 1” strap)
  • Two metal buckles (opening should be 1-1/2” wide, I found my buckles at Tantalizing Stitches on Etsy)
  • Two metal buckles (opening should be 1” wide)


  • 4 purse feet

The bag also features a zippered pocket on the lining of the bag, and also divided pockets right across from the zippered pocket; perfect for your cell phone and other items that must be within easy reach!

There are buckles on the flap and also on the side of the bag, and accents on the bottom corners, which gives this one a lot of visual interest.

If you prefer a pieced version, why not make your bag in patchwork instead? I started assembling this patchwork version of the Kennedy Bag using Oakshott cottons (this is from their Impressions bundle) using half-square triangles, cut using my Accuquilt die.

I hope you will check out this pattern for yourself, I’d love to see what you make with it! Later today we’ll show you lots of beautiful versions from my pattern testers. Download your free Kennedy Bag Pattern today!


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